The Ultimate Guide to Winter Skin Care
1) As a general rule, creams are heavier than lotions, which are heavier than ointments. The most important thing is to find moisturizers that really penetrate and hydrate the skin. And if you’re breakout-prone, you may not use petrolatum- or oil-based formulas, or you will break out.
2) The best winter moisturizer for you depends on your type of skin.
3) Face oils don’t hydrate the skin. Face oil is the apple-cider vinegar of moisturizers. oil isn’t readily absorbed into the skin, which is why it can make you feel greasy. The bad news is that face oil doesn’t penetrate the skin. But the good news is that it can give you a glow and add a protective layer from wind and outside forces. But it won’t hydrate the same way a cream or ointment would. Use face oil and incorporate a few drops of it into your moisturizer so you get the benefits of a moisturizer and face oil.
4) Get a humidifier.
5) Keep your showers and baths short and not too hot. The ideal temperature is lukewarm.
6) Moisturize like you’re on the clock. After washing your face or getting out of the shower, lightly pat your skin dry and start applying moisturizer immediately.
7) Eat more fish. Eat more foods with omega-3s, which includes basically everything in the fish family: salmon, sardines, anchovies, sablefish, and halibut. If you can’t do that, you can take fish-oil capsules instead. Avoid sugary, starchy foods, which cause an inflammatory response in the body and exacerbate a host of skin problems from wrinkles to dry skin to acne, eczema, rosacea.
8) Don’t exfoliate too much.